The Diane Rehm Show

Tuesday - Friday, midnight - 1:00 a.m. and Saturday, midnight - 2:00 a.m. on KUOW | Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. on KUOW2

Thoughtful and lively conversations on an array of topics with many of the most distinguished people of our times. Tune in for a lively mix of current events and public affairs programming that ranges from hard news analysis of politics and international affairs to in-depth examinations of religious issues, health and medical news, education and parenting on The Diane Rehm Show.

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  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014 9:28am

    Classical music has thrived for centuries. But many say it is now facing its biggest challenges of all time, and risks becoming obsolete. Orchestras across the country face financial trouble, and there’s worry that the younger generations are connecting less and less with Brahms and Debussy. In response, many organizations are venturing into new musical and technological territory to attract loyal audiences…everything from intimate “living room” concerts organized on social media, to collaborations with pop and rock artists. A look at classical music’s place in society, and what’s in store for its future.

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:28am

    United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo yesterday in a bid to broker a cease-fire between Israel and the militant Palestinian group Hamas. Their visit follows some of the deadliest days of fighting between Israelis and Palestinians since the last ground war in 2009. More than 500 Palestinians and 27 Israelis have died since fighting began July 8. Israeli fighters say their mission is to destroy a network of cross-border tunnels that Hamas militants are using to infiltrate Israel. Diane and her guests discuss the crisis in Gaza and prospects for a truce.

  • Monday, July 21, 2014 9:28am

    The emerald ash borer is a small insect doing a massive amount of damage. Tree experts say it will eventually kill nearly all of this country’s ash trees, and there’s not much that can be done to stop it. The devastation spread by the emerald ash borer is just one of many threats to the health and future of the nation’s trees and forests. Other kinds of insects, diseases, climate change and mismanaged fire areas are chief among the challenges. We discuss how our forests are changing and current efforts in forests and on city streets to secure the future of our trees.

  • Monday, July 21, 2014 8:28am

    Last Thursday, a Malaysian airliner crashed in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers.The victims came from 11 countries. The U.S. now believes the plane was shot down by a missile fired from Russian-backed, pro-Russian separatist rebels at war with the Ukraine government. Both Russia and the rebels have denied shooting down the plane. At the crash site, there is growing concern over the integrity of evidence and the bodies of the victims, which are being strictly controlled by the rebels. Diane and guests update the Malaysian airline crash investigation, world outrage and the escalating global crisis.

  • Friday, July 18, 2014 9:28am

    A surface-to-air missile shot down a passenger plane over Ukraine, killing all 298 people aboard. Ukraine and Russia traded blame, but it remained unclear who was responsible. Israel launched a ground offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip after a temporary cease-fire. Nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers will hit a deadline on Sunday, but talks seemed likely to be extended. The U.S. announced new sanctions against Russia over Ukraine. Russia's President Putin warned of consequences. And in Syria, President Assad was sworn in for a third term. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.